I’m not the biggest fan of Chinese food, but I do love me some General Tso Chicken. It’s normally the only thing that I will eat when it comes from Chinese food. But is it really Chinese food?
Journalist Jennifer 8. Lee talks about her hunt for the origins of familiar Chinese-American dishes — exploring the hidden spots where these two cultures have combined to form a new cuisine.
Journalist Jennifer 8. Lee is the author of the book The Fortune Cookie Chronicles. Her fascination with American Chinese food led her to research and write the book, in which she solves some of the mysteries around this indigenous cuisine, including such questions as: “Who is General Tso and why are we eating his chicken?” and “Why do Jews eat Chinese food on Christmas?” She is currently working on a documentary based on her book.
Listen to Jennifer’s interview with NPR here